Maine 2011 hunting and fishing licenses available

Posted Dec. 15, 2010, at 2:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Just in time for holiday gift giving Maine’s 2011 hunting and fishing licenses now are available for purchase online or at any of the more than 800 licensing agents statewide.

For ease and convenience, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s online service MOSES is one way to go. More than 200,000 people use MOSES annually from their own computer or at the more than 300 licensing agents statewide who also are connected.

To use MOSES, visit https://www.informe.org/moses/ or select MOSES from the MDIF&W website at www.mefishwildlife.com.

With MOSES, hunters and anglers may purchase licenses any time of the day or night and can print their license — and duplicates — from their computer in minutes. Returning users’ information already is in the system and may easily be updated.

Any resident or non-resident sportsman looking to hunt or fish in Maine can use MOSES. This online service in not available for individuals that need to obtain a complimentary, lifetime or military license, or for those interested individuals from countries other than the United States or Canada.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife primarily is funded from the sales of licenses and registrations. The Department will receive little revenue from the state’s general fund. All proceeds from the sale of licenses stay within the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. None of the money is used to support other state agencies.

If you believe in the Department’s efforts to manage Maine’s natural resources, but may not be a hunter or angler, you may consider buying a license to support MDIF&W programs. Outdoor recreation activities such as hunting, fishing, ATV riding, snowmobiling, boating and wildlife watching contribute $2.4 billion to Maine’s annual economy and support 15,790 outdoors-related jobs.

Using MOSES is simple. License buyers will need to have available their personal information, such as first and last name, address, date of birth, and other pertinent information. Also, they’ll need their previous hunting license number or safety course number (if you are purchasing a hunting authority), and a credit card number. Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit and debit cards are accepted.

By purchasing online, buyers are saving the department the direct costs associated with the expense of manual paper licensing. These savings then can be applied to the important management of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.

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